Does Size Matter?
There are now four types of dishwashers available for residential living spaces:
A full-size dishwasher is placed underneath the kitchen countertop and delivers front access. This means that the apartment is built to accommodate the machine, and it takes up space that designers may have otherwise designated to drawers or storage space. These dishwashers will accommodate larger loads of dishes, so they're suitable for families or tenants who enjoy entertaining guests.
A compact dishwasher is designed to fit into smaller spaces, so you may find these units in small apartments or studios. Since they won't accommodate large loads of dishes, you may need to run them more often than you would a full-size dishwasher.
Portable and Countertop Dishwashers
Portable and countertop dishwashers aren't often included in apartments, but you can consider buying them for an apartment that doesn't come with a dishwasher. Countertop units are often the more affordable option, but they will take up considerable space on your counter. You have to manually connect them to your faucet, and they aren't large enough to accommodate big loads.
Portable dishwashers are a bit more expensive than countertop machines, but they're more convenient. You can roll them up to the sink when you're ready to wash dishes, and then push them to the side when not in use. These dishwashers may also accommodate larger loads than the countertop units.
If you rent an apartment without a dishwasher, try to find ways to limit the amount of time you spend washing dishes. For instance, you may use paper plates, cups and utensils when entertaining a group in order to avoid a sink full of dirty dishes.